Albert Frantz, piano
On the face of it, the Be Your Own Manager courses offer practical information and tools to help professional musicians manage their careers, which they do marvelously – but they achieve so much more. The true, lasting value lies deeper: in the psychology and the community. Bernhard is a masterful coach not just in business matters but especially in the way he is able to pinpoint what makes every artist unique and the way he inspires the sometimes dramatic inner changes that enable us to connect with our audiences on a deeper and more personal level. As for the community,
William Garfield Walker, conductor
A true coaches coach!I had the pleasure of participating in the very first every BOYM course. I can honestly say that I left the course with more confidence in managing my career and plotting a pathway forward. Bernhard Kerres does not give you a fish but instead teaches you how to fish. Any musician no matter where they are careerwise can benefit from this course. I cannot recommend BOYM highly enough! www.williamgarfieldwalker.com
Maria Radutu, piano
The 12 weeks webinar by Bernhard Kerres gives you the tools you need to make a profession out of your vocation. www.mariaradutu.com
Heike Matthiesen, classical guitar
You are never too experienced to learn!No matter how many years you are living as full pro musician…ask yourself some questions:– When did you really rethink your story?– When did you really rewrite all your materials?– When was the last time you really risked to think outside the box?The safe space of a strong community with the great coach Bernhard Kerres and many wonderful caring musicians is the perfect place to re-invent yourself for a strong future!Thank you, Bernhard, and all the great colleagues I met here! www.heikematthiesen.com
Aleksandra Bobrowska, piano
I have been astonished by the usefulness of the content, the practicality of presented knowledge as well as the clear guidance for its application – the course is a well-designed ‘must-know’ for every classical musician.www.aleksandrabobrowska.eu
Antonija Pacek, piano & composition
I just finished the BYOM Base Course on how to be your own manager in the complex music business. Bernhard Kerres runs this smart, unique, comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical program, with a goal to guide classical musicians to manage their own careers with his tremendous amount of experience and his dedicated support (brought to the virtual classroom). His approach and love for what he is doing is contagious, and his vision to create and connect us into a family-like, supportive community of musicians is revolutionary. Our community keeps in touch and closely works together – cooperation is the light and
Myroslava Khomik, violin
If you’re an artist who is always striving for improvement and learning new skills, BYOM course is for you. Not only you get an expert guidance from Bernhard Kerres in a really clear and organized manner, but you also discover a diverse community of the most amazing people who may just become your new artistic family. www.myroslavakhomik.com
Marija Andjic, piano
There are not many people who would share their knowledge and vast experience with such honesty as Bernhard Kerres. Absolutely professional, Bernhard leaves no detail obscure and the community of amazing musicians brings incredible support and great ideas.
Rosalyn Aninyei, violin
As Classical musicians, we need individually, to approach our careers with modern-day business-strategies. Bernhard Kerres and Hello Stage are the industry leaders deconstructing the traditional approach of career-building/marketing for the classical musician. You need to “Be Your Own Manager”. www.thevestaorchestra.com
Adriana Paler, piano
Bernhard Kerres is THE coach you need to have in order to get your artistic socks together. A fine human connoisseur, he leads the BYOM courses with the perfect dose of humor, warmth, and strictness. He is a wise source of practical insights in the (normally highly secretive) concert management routine, as well as an endless inspiration in terms of growing and finding the best way to express your artistic self – and bring it on the market. In the twelve weeks of my Base Be Your Own Manager course, I delighted myself, for example, with questions – and answers
Alexander Nantschev, violin
The courses Bernhard Kerres teaches, should be thought in every music university. www.nantschev.com
Jo Anne Sukumaran, bassoon
This online webinar is a follow-up to the book Be Your Own Manager which gives you practical and concrete tools to pursue your musical goals with confidence and mutual support, come learn from the best! www.joannesukumaran.com
Tanja Huppert, piano
The BYOM course gave me immense insight into how marketing and self-promotion really works. I got a whole suitcase with tools which I can use to speed up my career as a classical musician.In the 1:1 coaching, Bernhard suggested me solutions and gave practical steps to reach them. He is my first source of advice in career questions.The BYOM community is lovely, supportive and a worldwide home I feel surrounded with. www.tanjahuppert.com
Joseph Ojo, violin
It’s been said that one gets more in depth knowledge when you engage in 1:1 coaching. 1:1 coaching with Bernhard gave me more insight into my career and the opportunity to relate on person level and get more knowledge about promoting my craft.
Izabela Jutrzenka-Trzebiatowska, piano and music theory
The Be Your Own Manager academy gave me not only tools for successfully managing my career but also allowed me to find new friends and find a sense of belonging to this awesome international community. www.izabela-jutrzenka-trzebiatowska.pl
Davide Lombritto, trombone and sackbut
BYOM can change your life. A professional who provides you with all the tools you need to better understand yourself and communicate it to the world – a community of people like you and ready to support each other every day. These are the perfect ingredients for a course that can give you the power to really take control of your career. Thank you Bernhard!
Hélène Boulègue, flute
Enrolling into the BYOM webinar is the best thing I ever did for my career, period.I can’t even count the number of times I tried to find the motivation and skills to reach out to organizers to pitch myself and stopped before even getting halfway through the process, because I felt lost or not “big” enough.Bernhard not only gives me the tools to market and pitch myself masterfully- he is there every step of the way to check on my work. He supports me and answers any questions that may arise. He checks up on everyone, and through the community,
Jui-Lan Huang, piano
Branding yourself!With the valuable insights and tools, Bernhard’s Be Your Own Manager not only enlightened different aspects of your career which have been neglected, but you also reinvent yourself as a musician. And the most priceless reward – you are warmly supported by an international community with amazing colleagues and friends. One feels they are finally not alone in their artistic paths and dreams! www.juilanhuang.com
Joshua Geddes, conductor
Bernhard’s course has been incredible. The caliber of musicians from around the world speaks volumes. He teaches everything that isn’t taught at university but should… actually managing your career. I cannot recommend it highly enough! www.joshuageddes.com.au
Andreea Chira, pan flute
Bernhard Kerres is the reason why you start to work for your career, plan your future, and act as a manager behind the stage. Learning how to be independent and how to manage your career through the step-by-step course “Be your own manager” is the most important and powerful knowledge you can acquire as a classical musician today. www.andreeachira.com
Birce Polat, piano and lecturer
A music university teaches you your instrument and then gives you a test. Life gives you a test and you learn the lessons. Be Your Own Manager Course is the essential career map for a successful musical life!
Sofia Livotov, soprano
Joining the 12 weeks BYOM webinar was one of the best decisions I have made this year!Besides learning how to manage my career in a more efficient way, I have gained valuable insights into marketing, self-promotion, and networking. Attending every week’s lectures and inspiring webinars was especially beneficial for maintaining a positive mindset during these unpredictable times. I have now a much clearer idea about the necessary steps to achieving my short- and long-term goals. But most importantly, this course gave me the opportunity to work with Bernhard Kerres – a truly inspiring and generous person, and become a part
Jasmina Kulaglich, piano
The great richness of Bernhard Kerres’ coaching is the link between the deep inner gaze in our artistic being and the multidirectional work on our external influence in the musical world. We dive into our souls to continually reconnect with our creativity, and at the same time, we get all the tools to live our lives abundantly on stage. A beautifully broad approach to our artistic paths.And another magnificent gift is the benevolent support between the artists of BYOM. Both sides, human and artistic, are valued in this group work. We can only win while sharing with our fellow friends.I
Erika Cedeño, viola
The “Be Your own manager” academy gave a broad spectrum of knowledge to develop and manage successfully my career as well as opened me a window to a fantastic international community of great musicians, interested in sharing ideas and supporting each other.
Natalia Hurst, soprano
Be Your Own Manager academy brought me an opened and real perspective, essential tools to manage my career successfully and the invaluable experience to learn and share with amazing colleagues all over the world . 1:1 coaching with Bernhard had a strong positive impact on my vision, by focusing on my specific moment and possibilities.
Fatin Khuri, flute
From the very beginning, I felt at the right place, overwhelmed by the warm and loving atmosphere. BYOM opened my eyes, somehow I feel like „newly born“. Every little detail of our career step is covered and adapted to the quick changes of the music business, especially after COVID 19. Many thanks to Bernhard and his team!!!
Monika Kertesz, mezzo-soprano
The combination of Bernhard’s personality and professionalism is a guaranty for the great process. He is not only very well informed and experienced in the classical music field but also a really considerate person who always asks the right questions and gives straightforward feedbacks. These are some of the ways, how he keeps one on track and concentrates on the essentials. Talking through so many aspects of life shows me how thoroughly he approaches anything and how passionate he is about his projects.
Ariane Roseiro, flute
In an objective, clear and light way, Be Your Own Manager was fundamental to broaden my view on career management, offering knowledge that every musician should have to promote their own work effectively.
Neringa Valuntonyte, piano
The practicality of a career in classical music is something that always interested me. So I chose this course to deepen my knowledge in this sense. But what I got here is so much more than just practical information – I felt the feeling of community, togetherness, and a great inspiration to change as an artist and as a person. This course is way beyond the terms ‘useful’ or ‘practical’ – this is our future. www.valuntonyte.com